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Monday, November 12, 2012

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Promises Kept

Years pass and Joshua realized that his end is near.  He calls all the leaders of the Israelites go meet him, probably at Shechem (v. 2).  He reminds them how he has allotted them their portions of the land, which the Lord took from the Canaanite tribes (vv. 9-11).


Then he appeals to them to be very strong and obey all that is written in the Book of the Law.  They must not associate with the nations that remain, nor invoke the names of their gods or swear by them.  They are to hold fast to the Lord their God (vv. 6-8).


 He warns them that if they ally themselves with the nations that remain, the Lord will not continue to drive these idolaters out and they will become snares and traps for Israel, until they perish from the good land He has given them.


 “Not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed,” Joshua says.  “Every promise has been fulfilled.”  But if you violate the covenant of the Lord your God, all the evil He has said will come and be poured out on you (vv. 14,15).


These things were written as examples for us.  God is keeping His promises to us.  We also should be very strong and obedient to all that is written in His Book of the Law.

Ralph Neall
Retired Professor and Missionary